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Copenhagen digest 16/12/09

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DAY NINE: Summit president resigns as protests rise and talks stall * The climate change summit as seen in the world’s newspapers, magazines and websites

President of the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference has resigned the BBC reports. Danish minister Connie Hedegaard has stepped down leaving talks ‘currently deadlocked over emission cuts and financial aid for poorer countries’. She will be replaced by the Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen.

Ethiopia has put forward a radical new plan to help finance the proposed International Climate fund reports the Independent. Taxation on airlines, shipping and financial transactions, known as ‘Tobin Tax’ is suggested to be able to raise $100 million a year, and has been backed by Britain and France.

Police have fired tear gas and arrested more than 200 protesters who have tried to storm theCopenhagen summit, according to the The Times. A Times journalist who was caught up in the incident is reported as saying the police have used ‘kettling’ tactics and pepper spray on the crowd.

‘Climate change is natural’, claims the Daily Express, as it publishes a list of ‘100 reasons why’, sourced from a dossier released by the European Foundation. Number one in the list states that ’There is no real scientific proof that the current warming is caused by the rise of greenhouse gases from man’s activity’.

‘Forge a new agreement or use the Kyoto protocol?’, is the daily question posed in the Financial Times’ Energy Source today. Author of Solar Century, Jeremy Leggett, responds in his blog by reminding us how close the Kyoto agreement came to never happening, and ‘how much ground the developing countries had to cede to win the deal’.


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